Alcohol detox refers to the period immediately after a person has stopped drinking heavily. During that period of time, alcohol toxins, or poisons, leave the body. Although this process is ultimately healthy, it can make the person going through detox absolutely miserable.
Alcohol is both psychologically addictive and physically addictive. This means the human body gets used to having alcohol and goes through distressing symptoms when the alcohol is not there anymore.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating, tachycardia (increased heart rate) and tremors. More severe symptoms for people who have been addicted to alcohol for a long time or are coming off a long binge may include confusion and disorientation, fever and seizures or convulsions. Unlike the painkiller addict, who suffers uncomfortable but not life-threatening symptoms, the severe alcohol addict can die during withdrawals if he or she does not receive proper inpatient alcohol detox.
Just because I cannot see or sense the movement of spirit does not mean it isn’t there. I will trust that it lies within all that I see, enlivening what seems motionless, giving beauty to what seems meaningless. Trust is built carefully over time. When I make the effort to notice spirit as it enters my day or tune in on it through quiet meditation, I am consciously building a trusting relationship with my own soul. I will not be fooled by appearances. The world around me is not hard, plastic and void of life – it is alive and filled with divine spirit.
There is life within what I see.
If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us as when everything seems to be dead in winter and later proves to be alive.
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